We’re getting into a rhythm over at the Throwback Reviews. It’s not a hard set schedule, but lately Sean, Door and I have been alternating between movie reviews and what we’ve started calling “throwback episodes”. On the throwback episodes, the three of us sit around the mic and reminisce about some topic from our poast. On Episode 12 we sat around talking about toys we had (and some we didn’t have) while growing up in the late 1970s/early 1980s. That was a really fun show to record.
On episode 15 of Throwback Reviews we talk about Forts, Wars & Bikes. The original topic of this episode started out as “Summer Fun,” but what we ended up talking about the most was building and playing in forts, playing war, riding our bikes and simply exploring the world. This episode is around 90 minutes long and if Sean hadn’t made us wrap it up we could have gone another 90 minutes easily.
After we were done recording the episode, I sent Sean the following picture:
That’s me, in the spring of either 1984 or 1985. I had that sweet, sweet “Break Dance” sweatshirt in 5th and 6th grade and ditched it before 7th grade. Linda (my sister) is holding an Easter basket, so that’s why I am guessing it was the spring.
The reason I sent Sean this picture was because, in the top left hand corner, you can see my old fort. This is the only picture I can find of it. The original fort was built using wood we found that (I think) said Exxon-Mobile on it — you can see that on the right hand side of the fort. Dad later bought some particle wood panels and cut some windows out for us. The floor consisted of discarded rubber mats from Dad’s work, and there was an old army cot in there to sleep on in case one was brave enough to spend the night out there.
And yes, it really did have a PVC pipe that you could pee in that drained out into the creek. I’m pretty sure Mom made us take that down once she caught wind of what we were doing.
If you love hearing stories about the awesome 80s, check out the latest episode of Throwback Reviews.